PATIENT SAFETY ASSESSMENT
To improve patient safety across the country, The Centre for Patient Safety took the initiative to assess patient safety problems and adverse events at five identified hospitals in each province of Pakistan. These hospitals were recognized in all four provinces of Pakistan and the Federal Territory of Islamabad by the Ministry of Health, Pakistan.
The study identified the most prevalent patient safety problems that were patient safety events reporting, communication during the transition of care, diagnostic errors, and suboptimal medical record documentation. Inadequately trained health professionals, lack of hospital policies for processes, and excessive workload contributed to patient safety problems. However, the healthcare providers and patients share a favorable opinion of healthcare services and systems.
Supported by the World Health Organization in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Pakistan, this study will set a milestone for developing national quality and patient safety strategies and making healthcare safer in Pakistan.
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